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The Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir


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Man-Eating Catfish?
The Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir

Netlore Archive: Viral images purport to show a giant, man-eating catfish caught in the Furong Reservoir of Huadu, China.

Image source: unknown, circulating via email

Description: Viral images & text
Circulating since: Aug. 2007
Status: Authentic photos / False story
Analysis: See last page

Text example:
Email contributed by Joni, Nov. 16, 2007:

Subject: All the Catfish you can eat

Need to see just in case you're going fishing anytime soon!!!!!!!

For all those crazy guys who go noodling for catfish and stick their arms down the fish s throat!! This would really be all the catfish you can eat.

Each year, a few people will be drowned mysteriously in Huadu's Furong Reservoir. It was not until recently when the son of a certain official went swimming in the reservoir with his friend and were drowned that the secret was unravelled!

It's a 3 metre long man-eating catfish whose head alone is 1 metre wide! After cutting up the catfish people were surprised to find the remains of a man inside!

Because this was a huge incident, and the local government was afraid of the impact on local tourism, they imposed an embargo on the news, but people came away with these pictures taken on their cell phones of the man-eating fish!

Swimming in the reservoir is now forbidden because it is feared another similar man-eating catfish is still lurking in the waters.

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